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Hugging Differences

Hugging Differences

Diversity pertains to the various ways in which each of us differs from the others. Our gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, religious practice or spirituality, family, amount of wealth we have (our social status), age, bodily size, and skill are just a few examples of variations. All the differences that make us unique should be valued and acknowledged, in our opinion. Being interested and receptive whenever anyone seems dissimilar from us is the first step in learning to love differences.

 

People who treat others unfairly because they are in some manner different from them are engaging in discrimination. Oppression, a type of prejudice, is frequently used to deny authority to a person or group of people. If we encounter bigotry, it might be challenging, but there are resources and methods to fight back. Learn more about prejudice, resources, and tactics for overcoming it.

 

We must all endeavor to dispel false preconceptions and refrain from making snap judgments about others based only on their appearance or identity. In addition to examining our personal views, beliefs, and behaviors, we may take a position opposing prejudice in all of its manifestations (for example, racism, sexism, homophobia, fatphobia, ageism, and ableism). We can encircle ourselves with others who are unlike us. Each of us has things to learn and lessons to provide. It takes a lifetime to understand the significance of variety; it can occasionally be challenging, but it's also fascinating and gratifying.

 

Feeling Distinct

 

Life will always have moments when we feel unlike the individuals around us. Being different may make us experience a variety of emotions, ranging from pride and acceptance to loneliness and fear. It heavily relies on how those around us regard us. Every day, each of us has a choice in how we treat others. When we treat others with respect and are willing to discover and cherish the aspects that make each of us unique, we can make individuals feel at home, proud, important, and respected. In this manner, we may all influence the world we live in. In the end, everyone has a right to respect and a sense of safety.

 

When we get together to end prejudice, we are becoming allies. Examples are when men and women work together to end sexism and whenever white people support efforts to eradicate racism. It takes a lifetime of studying and pondering to develop into an ally. Each of us may push themselves to think and behave in more tolerant and inclusive ways. We can also do something! Some of the ways we may promote better diversification in the schools or community are listed below.

 

  • Examine your personal attitudes and actions every day.

  • Consider your language use and refrain from using terms or expressions that are sexist, racist, or homophobic (such as "that's so homosexual" or "that's retarded"). We're all going to slip up once in a while and say something hurtful. If this occurs, apologise and continue trying.

  • Avoid laughing at crude jokes. If you believe it is safe to do so, challenge them.

  • Get to know many sorts of people, their experiences, goals, and dreams by stepping outside your comfort zone.

  • Take advice from those who are unlike you. Instead of talking, listen more.

  • Plan awareness-raising activities at the school.

  • Discuss establishing a Gender-Sexuality Alliance in your school with your guidance counselor.

  • Learn about local history in your area. Who were the original inhabitants of the area where you now live?

  • Have political awareness. Learn about the current events in Canada and the rest of the globe.

  • Participate in community service through a drop-in center or other group.

  • Organizations that are homophobic, racial, sexist, or fat-phobic should be boycotted.

  • Ask the administration of your child's school to prioritize teaching students to appreciate one another's differences.